Tag Archives: Big Pharma

Questions Raised About Prescribing Painkillers for Dementia Patients (BBC Radio Four)

Summary An investigation into the role of big pharma in the international opioid crisis, from BBC Radio 4, touches upon questions about the ethics and suitability of pain management embedded routinely in care for persons with dementia: Full Audio Link … Continue reading

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Dementia Medication De-Listed in France: Untruth, Half-Truth or Paternalistic News Blackout? (BBC News / Prescrire / ADI / Inside Health / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Early evening headlines yesterday, on BBC Radio 4 news, announced the “shocking” news that drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease / dementia had been de-listed in France. This story has not been followed-up, and appears to have been dropped quietly; although … Continue reading

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A Further Set-Back for Progress in Dementia Drug Development? (BBC News)

Summary Drug company Pfizer is to cease activity in its neuroscience drug discovery programmes, which will impact on ongoing research into drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Paradoxically the company does promise plans to create a new fund dedicated … Continue reading

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New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Solanezumab Drug Trial Flops (BBC News / Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary The phase 3 EXPEDITION3 trial has been abandoned, as Solanezumab failed to slow cognitive decline in tests on around 2,000 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Several other amyloid-clearance drugs are going through trials apparently. Full Text Link Reference Walsh, F. … Continue reading

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New Drugs for Dementia (POST Note PN 535)

Summary The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has produced a briefing outlining some of the challenges in developing new drugs for dementia, explained in the context of ongoing UK and international research programmes. There is an extensive bibliography, … Continue reading

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